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10:00 PM ET, July 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
NYT response to plagiarism claim acknowledges improper use of language, details from Wikipedia  —  Times Issues Editor's Note in Response to Plagiarism Charge  —  The New York Times issued an editors' note on Wednesday in response to allegations that a reporter in the culture department …
Bill Glauber / JSOnline:
Journal Communications of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps announce merger, spinning off newspapers  —  Journal, Scripps deal announced  —  15-newspaper firm to be based in Milwaukee; broadcast company in Cincinnati  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel
AMC Networks Said to Discuss Acquiring Stake in BBC America  —  AMC Networks Inc. (AMCX), the cable network controlled by the Dolan family, is in talks to acquire about a 50 percent stake in BBC America, BBC Worldwide's U.S. channel, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYT considering shorter print edition at roughly half the price with unlimited digital access  —  Shorter Times?  —  The New York Times is considering the introduction of a truncated version of its daily print edition at a discounted rate as the paper mulls new strategies for maximizing …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Journalist Rami Rayan Killed In Gaza Attack (GRAPHIC)  —  Rami Rayan, a Palestinian photojournalist, was killed on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike on a busy market in Gaza.  —  The attack killed at least 16 people and wounded over 150 more.  Rayan, a photographer reportedly working for a local website …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Contently Launches A Nonprofit Arm To Do Investigative Journalism  —  In the new era of digital media, everyone's a publisher — celebrities, nobodies, spy agencies, house plants and, especially, brands.  Building “the plumbing” for brands that want to be part of this new era …
Steve Jones / mUmBRELLA:
Bob Garfield predicts bleak future for legacy publishers and journalists in digital age  —  Media world ‘in chaos’ as journalism, publishing and agencies face grim future, according to US commentator  —  The future of traditional journalism, particularly at a regional level, is “f**ked” …
Erica Sweeney / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Deseret Native Ad Biz Closing In On $1M  —  With its BrandView native advertising segment now in full swing regionally and already attracting national native advertisers, Utah's Deseret Digital Media is looking to expand its other platforms with this revenue source, Erica Sweeney reports.
Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic Online:
In 1858, People Said the Telegraph Was ‘Too Fast for the Truth’  —  Perusing The New York Times archives a few days ago, I stumbled upon a delightful news nugget from 1858 about the “benefits and evils” of the transatlantic telegraph—delightful, because it reads like it could have been written today …
Discussion: @alimanzano and @neilwrites
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Algorithm predicts US Supreme Court decisions 70% of time  —  Supreme Court fantasy league to compete against computer model in upcoming term.  —  A legal scholar says he and colleagues have developed an algorithm that can predict, with 70 percent accuracy, whether the US Supreme Court …
Discussion: @sarahcnyt
Fiona Lowenstein / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Latin America, the money may be in the media startups  —  In Latin America, the money may be in the media startups  —  When the news blows up in Mexico City, Dulce Ramos is on the case.  She is editor in chief of Animal Politico, a digital media startup that began as a Twitter account.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on  —  As Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music nears completion this financial quarter, the Cupertino and Santa Monica, California-based companies have begun work …
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
Breaking news in the social age is a mess.  Can Grasswire help stop the spread of misinformation?  —  From Reddit's catastrophic witch hunt in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing to the deluge of fake images and reports during Hurricane Sandy, social media has turned every breaking news event into a playground of misinformation.
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
How Amazon Brought Publishing to Its Knees — and Why Authors Might Be Next  —  Morgan Entrekin is happy with the relationships he's developed with Amazon.  As the president of independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Books, he witnessed the industry change as Amazon's introduction …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
C-SPAN Moving To Authenticated TV Ch. Streaming  —  Separate live feeds of government proceedings will still be accessible to all  —  C-SPAN is launching a beta test of its migration of live online feeds of its TV channels—C-SPAN 1,2,3—to an authentication model starting Monday …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Popcorn Time Adds Apple TV Support, iOS App Coming Soon  —  The Popcorn Time phenomenon is one of the biggest piracy stories of the year thus far.  —  The software became an instant hit by offering BitTorrent-powered streaming in an easy-to-use Netflix-style interface.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood studios, under pressure, will keep Kodak's old-fashioned movie film alive  —  A coalition of Hollywood movie studios is close to a deal to keep Eastman Kodak Co. in the business of producing movie film.
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
An updated Apple TV won't launch this year as talks with cable operators lag, sources say  —  Apple's TV Push Stalls as Partners Hesitate  —  Those waiting for Apple to start selling its long-discussed, all-in-one box for accessing live and on-demand television are going to have to keep waiting, The Information has learned.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Sam Sifton to head new ‘Food’ desk at Times  —  The New York Times is creating a new department called Food to be edited by former national editor and restaurant critic Sam Sifton.  The department will include the dining section and the new NYT Cooking site and app that Sifton has been working on …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate  —  With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate
Discussion: @daviduberti
Gary Graham / The Spokesman-Review:
Associated Press Media Editors survey finds 56% use comment-hosting services, 46% allow anonymous comments  —  Editors concerned about online comments  —  Associated Press Media Editors recently conducted a survey of newspaper and online editors to ask them how they manage public comments on newspaper websites.
Discussion: and @gjbarb
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Former Hulu boss' new startup ‘Vessel’ is going after YouTube's top talent  —  More details have emerged about the new video startup Vessel from founder and former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar — specifically, how the company's business model might make YouTube sweat.
Discussion: Tubefilter and The Information
Arsalan Iftikhar / Quartz:
Twitter hashtags are finally neutralizing the Israeli government's propaganda  —  I told CNN during a recent television interview that there hasn't been a single hot-button topic treated with more intellectually dishonest, one-sided coverage than that which the American media has given …
Discussion: The Intercept
Courtney Lowery Cowgill / Mediashift:
‘Last Best News’ Shows How Personal Brand Journalism Works in Local Markets  —  When we think of journalists who have built individual brands, national names are the first to pop — Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, Kara Swisher, Andrew Sullivan.  —  But the factors that have opened doors …
Discussion: @pbsmediashift
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
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Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Max Mosley sues Google over News of the World photos
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Al Jazeera America's Gaza coverage boosts ratings
Discussion: @latimes and Adweek
Jason Deans / Guardian:
News of the World's former deputy editor and features editor to face charges over an alleged conspiracy to hack phones
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Tories accused of picking politically partisan shortlist for new BBC Trust chairman
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Sky Deutschland's Second Biggest Shareholder Rejects BSkyB's Offer